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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

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Linklaters has hired Lovells banking partner Adam Freeman as it continues to bolster its acquisition finance practice. Freeman, who was promoted to partner in 2003, was key in Lovells’ push to rebuild its banking business, and worked closely with CIBC and Société Générale (SocGen). The terms of his exit have still to be negotiated. Freeman […]

Mediation puts paid to two major film finance disputes

Teams of lawyers have been left with empty diaries after two film finance cases – widely believed to be two of the largest of 2005 – have settled. Both would have taken up around 50 weeks of Commercial Court time and the lawyers involved would have collectively earned a similar sum to the £50m at […]

Landwell Paris loses tax partner to B&M

Ex-accountancy firm Landwell & Associés has lost another tax partner, this time to Baker & McKenzie’s Paris office. Thierry Vialaneix joins the global firm’s tax practice as a partner to strengthen its VAT expertise. He arrives after four years with Landwell, where he was also a partner, and joins 30 other lawyers within Bakers’ French […]

Bevan Ashford splits into two firms

Bevan Ashford’s twin arms formally demerged on 1 November after 18 years, creating Bevan Brittan, the legacy Bristol, Birmingham and London arm, and Ashfords, the Exeter, Plymouth and London side. One of Bevan Brittan’s first acts has been to create a pensions department with the appointment of Gary Delderfield, a senior associate from Martineau Johnson.

Libyan oil stocks become next big pull for law firms

Ashurst, Baker Botts, Eversheds, Norton Rose gear up – but where is Clyde & Co? With energy lawyers’ attention shifted away from Iraq in the wake of ongoing hostilities, focus is now turned to four basins in Libya: Murzuk, Ghademes, Sirte and Cyrenaica. Exploration rights for the massive oil stocks in these basins are the […]

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